Osei-Boateng ACCRA (Xinhua) -- The “Year Abroad”
program introduced for Ghanaian students learning Chinese over
the years has made them popular in job market after spending
time in China and learning more about the Chinese culture, a
senior official at the University of Ghana said on Friday.
Dr. Winnand Kofi Azanku, Coordinator
of the University’s Chinese Department, said students who
embarked on the year-long program in China imbibed the Chinese
language and culture better as everything and everyone they came
across were all in the Chinese language.
He said the program had positive
impacts on the students who had benefited from it over the
“Those who have already benefited from
this program, most of them are already back in Ghana. Some
of them are still itching to go. Those who have graduated,
they got the opportunity to develop some kind of love for
the Chinese people,” he told Xinhua in an interview after he
addressed members of the Chinese Students Association (CHISAG)
at a seminar in Accra.
He advised students already learning
Chinese and those who are yet to come to the university to
choose the Chinese language.
“As I speak, there are some Chinese
companies in Ghana who always call on me to look for Chinese
scholars for them. Jobs are on offer for the taking. So I
will advise students to study Chinese. For now the market is
not choked yet, so those studying Chinese can easily get
jobs,” he said.
After reaching an intermediate-high
level of language proficiency, typically after three years of
study, students are eligible to attend the Chinese study abroad
course in China.
Currently, about 49 students are in
different provinces of China going through the exchange program.
Some of the students who will be travelling for the one-year
abroad program in various Chinese universities in August this
year, are already psyched up for the course.
“We will be going to China in August
and I intend to speak more fluently and bring more business
opportunities to this country and also have links with the
Chinese people,” a student Kumah Michael told Xinhua.
Another student, Keith Cleland, said
everybody who went and came back from the program, came out with
a totally different experience.
“Opportunities are endless for you
because once you have the grasp of the language and a good
in-depth knowledge of their culture, you are hot cake on the
market of the Chinese people. So I am excited and I am
looking forward to a different experience, a different
culture and a different language altogether, over the next
year,” he said.
For Shevonna Sophie Ansah, a linguist
student, the year abroad program looks very interesting and she
hopes to learn a lot, develop her intonation more, and speak
fluently like a native speaker.
“But Inasmuch as I am going to study
Chinese more, I want to associate and know more about their
culture because we don’t have much exposure here,” she said.
The president of CHISAG, Joseph Koba,
appealed to the Chinese embassy, the Confucius Institute and
other institutions to increase the number of scholarship
opportunities available for Chinese students at the university.